does the vastness of the universe make you feel?
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a rational mind how do you feel about the huge size of the universe and the great
amounts of emptiness observed.
When I was a child, my universe was my family and home, the
town, and the world of nature—the forests just beyond.
universe revealed by science was awe inspiring just as the forests and hills
beyond my home town were.
time the universe of science lost some of its mystique. The world of nature
did not. So when I think of the larger universe as continuous with my natural
world, the mystique returns. Especially when I reflect that science sees it
as a material universe, yet it is a world in which there is nature, and
beings that think and feel and hope.
seems weird that there is my thinking, my feeling, my hope which is my
personal universe and my image of the universe (it contains your thoughts and
the mountains and stars, which, of course, I experience as real)—but that it
all began when I was born and might all come to an end when I die.
of our attitudes are that the universe of science is essentially the one
universe. Yet, that requires us to project our experience, from which science
is derived, beyond the observed. It may be so, but not necessarily.
Therefore, to insist on the projection is a mistake. The logically possible
universe is much greater than the observed. Huge as the observed universe
seems, it is infinitesimal to what is logically possible.
logically possible universe would not only be limitlessly greater than the
observed, it would be one in which Nietzsche’s myth of the eternal return is
true—but not boringly so; there would be endless variations to the return,
keeping experience ever fresh and exciting (and there would of course be no
escape from the negative).
that is an exciting possibility.
What part of it is true?